February 13, 2007

New science carnivals

Two newish science carnivals for your attention:

  • Philosophia Naturalis is a monthly carnival that's been going since September 2006. Here's the story:
    Philosophia Naturalis will take the physical sciences and technology as its focus. The physical sciences include physics, astronomy, cosmology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and Earth sciences. And just as medicine is applied life science, technology is applied physical science, including such topics as nanotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, alternative energy, and quantum computing. We also intend to be generous about considering "borderline" topics for inclusion.

    As they mention, this is really the first carnival to cover the non-life sciences. The most recent is #6 at Science and Reason.

  • The Carnival of Mathematics also is filling a gap in carnival coverage, as there hasn't been one covering math exclusively before. The story:
    Biology bloggers have Tangled Bank. Medical bloggers have Grand Rounds. Neuroscience bloggers have Encephalon. And now math bloggers have the Carnival of Mathematics. If you have anything to blog about that’s related to math, it belongs here. Possible topics include,

    - Proofs of theorems and formulas, whether in pure or applied math;
    - Explanations of mathematical concepts, as basic as those on ScienceBlogs’ basic concepts series;
    - Anything related to math education, from complaints about innumerate students to long-winded theories of how to teach math;
    - Debunking bad math, especially when used to bolster bad science, bad economics, or bad politics;
    - How to apply good math to other fields like physics, economics, computer science, and ;
    - Math in popular culture: the TV series Numb3rs, the movies Pi and Proof, any book by Simon Singh, and so on.

    Despite the mathematical inclination of the carnival, theoretical computer scientists and theoretical physicists are welcome to submit posts about their fields. Both disciplines are highly mathematized, and when it comes to such subfields as Lie theory, logic, and complexity theory, it’s hard to pinpoint where one discipline ends and other begins.

    This one's planned for every two weeks. The first one is up at Abstract Nonsense.

Of course, I would be remiss in having a carnival post without mentioning our own revitalized Carnival of the Inforsciences. The most recent is at Libraryola, the next is scheduled for February 19th at Innovate .

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